2012-2013 NFL District Committee

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been elected to the 2012-2013 National Forensic League Arizona District Committee:

Meg Howell-Haymaker, Chair – Mountain View High School

Cassie Alber – Mesquite High School

Kevin Berlat – Central High School

Elizabeth Clarke – Brophy College Prep

John Wolnisty – Tempe Preparatory Academy

Their term of office starts on September 1.

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Updates, Results, and Summer Workshops

First, Congratulations to the AZ students who competed at the Debate Tournament Of Champions last weekend in Kentucky.  Bill McDonald from Brophy finished 2nd in the Extemp Round-Robin, Noah Wuerfel from Chandler Prep finished 7th in Congressional Debate, Carlos Ochoa from Brophy reached the Semifinals of Congressional Debate, and Andy McCoy from Brophy was the 15th place speaker in Policy Debate.  Coming up will be the NIETOC and the Extemp TOC heading into NFL Nationals in June.

This summer, there will be many opportunities to improve and prepare for next year.  Applications for the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute are due by May 31.  You can find more information at www.southwestdebateinstitute.org.  In addition, the ASU Debate team will host a 3 day policy debate workshop in June.  Details can be found here.

Finally, we have some updates to the sanctioned calendar.  It is available on the calendar of this website.


2012-2013 Tournament Calendar – version 1

After the AIA State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee meeting yesterday, the first version of the 2012-2013 calendar is out.  The largest change from previous years is the separation of the NFL District Congress Qualifier from the rest of the tournament.  With the new constraints on Congressional Debate judging, as well as rules about the length of sessions, it was decided that holding the Congress separately would provide for a better Congressional Debate tournament, as well as allow for more flexibility in the rest of the Qualifying events.

The calendar can be found here:  12-13 Tournament Calendar v1.

If there are any questions, please let me know at berlat@phoenixunion.org.


Updates and Deadlines

After a wild February, we are in the home stretch.

Please carefully read the invitations for the appropriate State Tournament.   Many of them have deadlines for legislation that are either past due, or rapidly approaching.  Also, if your team needs to appeal to register for the state tournament, that time is coming soon.

The National Forensic League Qualifier tournament is coming soon.  It is critical that you carefully read the invitation.  There are procedures that we have to follow, and deadlines that are different from any other tournament.  If you don’t follow them, your students might not get to compete for the right to go to the National Tournament.  The deadline to submit Congressional Debate Legislation is next week.

Once we are past the State Tournaments, it will be time to start thinking about next year.  We will need sanctioning forms for the 2012-2013 season to be turned in by April 1 so that we can craft a calendar at the last AIA meeting of the year.  More details to come.


Updates and a Free Workshop!

After a great ASU tournament, it is time to gear up for the rest of the Spring semester.  All of our tournament invitations are available on www.joyoftournaments.com/az.

In addition, the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute will host a day of free workshops on February 11, at the ASU Barrett Honors College.  These workshops are intended for people attending the Harvard and Berkeley tournaments, as well as to prepare people for the State and NFL Qualifier later in the semester.  The invitation and the registration instructions are available on Joy of Tournaments.  Come one, come all.  This is a great opportunity to get prepared for the rest of the season, and you can’t beat the price.


Thank You All!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s FLA Winter Trophy Tournaments so successful.  Results should be up on Joy of Tournaments shortly.  Now, please make sure that all of your invoices are submitted so that the FLA can be paid.

Coming up, we have a full semester of competition ahead of us.  Check the schedule here, and make sure to read all of the tournament invitations at www.joyoftournaments.com/az.  Each tournament has specific deadlines.  The ASU tournament in particular has some specific deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.

The National Forensic League Qualifier tournament, currently scheduled for 3/29-31/2012, needs a home.  If you believe that your school or site could host this important event, contact Meg Howell at mmhowell@mpsaz.org.

Finally, it is time to choose the next Policy Debate topic.  The National Federation of High Schools has put out the final ballot and Arizona gets a vote.  Please e-mail your choice to me at berlat@phoenixunion.org no later than Friday, December 9.  One vote per school.  The topic choices are:

 Infrastructure Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.

 and

 Immigration Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States.


Winter Trophy updates!

If you are planning to attend the Winter Trophy tournaments, double check the tournament invitations for important dates. For example, the 5A congress legislation should be turned in by November 21 so that the docket can be sent out ASAP.  Thanks!